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City Chamber Carousel Awards

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Carousel Awards Dinner May 8 at the Berkeley Hotel on the oceanfront in Asbury Park. This year’s awards are Economic Development goes to Lakehouse Music Academy; the Landmark Business Award goes to Rich’s Auto Body; the Spirit of Asbury Park Award goes to Kay Harris Asbury Galleria; the Public Official Award to Barbara Lesinski and the Humanitarian Award to Pastor Derinzer Johnson and Lt. George Corbin of Asbury Park Can. The event will feature a cocktail hour, dinnerand dancing along with a silent auction. Music will be by So…

Almost 300 Additional Parking Spaces Planned for Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Almost 300 additional parking spaces at Asbury Park’s beachfront and downtown are anticipated to be provided by Memorial Day weekend. Oceanfront redeveloper iStar Financial is seeking temporary approval to create the asphalt-paved parking lots and a presentation was given at this week’s City Council workshop meeting. “Let’s get it going,” Mayor John Moor said. One hundred new parking spaces are proposed for a vacant lot at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Kingsley Street. The site, with access off Seventh Avenue, is near a proposed beachfront food truck court and some parking will help support that…

Long Wait for West Side City Park an ‘Embarrassment’

  Plans to finish the Springwood Renaissance Park on Asbury Park’s West Side need to be ramped up, city officials said Monday night. “This is a total embarrassment on everybody’s end,” Mayor John Moor said at this week’s City Council workshop. “Where are the policy-makers? I want to see a park there as soon as possible,” he said. “It’s just that we can’t seem to get this park built and that seems like insanity to me,” Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said at a previous meeting. Moor said the council approved moving the project forward at its June 5, 2014 meeting…

Want to Catch That Fish? Try These Hand-Crafted Plugs

  By DON STINE Every craftsman wants his home-made creations to sell well – and that is what Asbury Park’s Rob Pruszynski has accomplished with his Sunset Customs fishing plugs. At the last annual Asbury Park Fishing Club flea market on March 8, Pruszynski sold his entire inventory of 107 hand-crafted fishing plugs in just 45 minutes. “Was I surprised – absolutely!” he said. Pruszynski, who is a member of the Asbury Park Fishing Club, said he has been selling at its annual flea market for a few years and usually came home with unsold inventory. “But people are catching…

Shady Street Show Band Plays More Than Rock ‘n Roll

  By DON STINE Whether it’s rhythm and blues, sweet soul music, or good old classic rock & roll, the Shady Street Show Band always delivers. “These guys deliver the goods, night after night. The powerhouse vocals and piano-playing of Ryan is one-of-a-kind. You will walk out saying ‘Wow,’” said local entertainment director Peter Mantas. The band will perform in Asbury Park on Fri., April 10 at the Asbury Park Yacht Club, on the boardwalk, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission is free. The Shady Street Show Band was founded by veteran musician Ryan Gregg, who brought on board…

Neptune Library Sponsors Digital Preservation Event

  The Neptune Public Library will sponsor a digital preservation event on Sat., April 25 to help library patrons preserve personal collections of print, photographs, slides and audio-visual material including VHS videos, 8mm and 16mm movies. Neptune Public Library has partnered with Digital Memory Media (a Division of Innovative Document Imaging LLP), a leading provider of digital imaging services to provide digital preservation services to patrons. Once exclusive to industry, Digital Memory Media brings secure, professional preservation services to individuals at an affordable price. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the program will be credited to the library. Digital Memory…

50 films, screenwriting contest; The Music in Film Festival

  By DON STINE The first-ever Asbury Park Music in Film Festival is bringing both local and national film-makers and entertainers to the city next weekend and will benefit various music programs in the city. The festival, which will hold events at venues throughout the city, is being held from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12. Venues include Convention Hall’s Grand Arcade, the Paramount Theatre, the Saint, the Stone Pony, the Wonder Bar, Asbury Lanes and other city nightclubs and restaurants. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation and the Asbury Park Press are presenting the festival. Film Festival Executive…

Asbury Park Establishes Code and Quality of Life Committee

  By DON STINE Improving the quality of life for Asbury Park residents is the goal of a new committee established by Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton. The Code/Quality of Life Committee held its first meeting on March 21. “Improving the quality of life in the city was on of the things I campaigned on,” said Clayton, who was seated on the council in January. She said the 12-member committee is made up of a cross-section of community members from all areas of the city. “We have broken up into various subcommittees to focus on different issues,” she said. Issues include dealing…

Interlaken Feasibility Study Costs to Be Discussed

  By DON STINE The cost for a feasibility study to look into merging Interlaken with neighboring Loch Arbour, which may result in a one-time tax increase of about $121 to $193 for the average Interlaken homeowner in 2015, will be reviewed by the Borough Council during a special meeting on Wed., April 8. “The requests for proposals came in considerably higher than we anticipated,” Interlaken Mayor Michael Nohilly said earlier this week. The borough sent out a request for proposals (RFP) to do a feasibility study and two were submitted by the March 27 deadline. A $50,000 proposal was…

Memorial Display to Honor Communications Pioneer

  Members of the Class of 1945 of Neptune High School are invited to an event Wed., April 8 at at the Jersey Shore Arts Center at the entrance to Ocean Grove to see the memorial display in the “Remembering the 40” Room. Family members of Samuel E. Findler have also been invited. Findler attended Neptune High School but left before graduating to join the Navy during World War II. Findler became a pioneer in the communications field. He played an integral role advancing many of the Army’s subsequent communications satellites. He worked in the private sector for government contractors…